When disgraced former UKIP MEP and convicted benefit fraudster Ashley Mote was released from the slammer last December, he was full of effusive praise for his prison governor who, said Mote, had allowed him to continue his constituency work. This ensured, according to the pompous buffoon, that "my constituents did not suffer as a result of my incarceration". Perhaps Cashley even penned the towering "J'accuse" - a tour de force that sealed his status as a political philosopher and pamphleteer to rival Mill, Locke or Paine - when serving his time.
On a serious matter, MEPs have to declare their office expenditure and all donations in the register of interests. Indeed, all donations, either financial or 'in kind' must be registered with the Electoral Commission and European Parliament. Therefore, you would expect that a donation of free office facilities from Her Majesty's Prison Service would feature in Cashley's declaration. However, a quick check of Mote's declaration and a glance at the Electoral Commission's website shows that he does not mention it. There are two possibilities: either Ash paid for his prison facilities or he is simply too proud to declare a donation in kind from the Monarch? More to the point, has Her Maj been told?